I’ve been a massive fan of the McLaren sport series platform since it came out. In my opinion it’s one of the best looking supercars out there and you sure do get a lot of car for your money. The 570s, 540c and 570GT now have a new topless sibling in the form of the 570s spider.
The car looks stunning in the release pictures and not much has changed apart from the reworking the of side buttresses and rear deck. Extra storage space of 52 liters is found in the rear deck when the retractable roof is up. Speaking of the roof, you can retract it looking like a boss at speeds of up to 40kph in just 15 seconds. Your hair might also stay intact with a power-operated wind deflector. The car retains the impressive aero to channel air into the side vents and it still has the famous dihedral doors, a big up when compared to its competitors. Interior wise the car is essentially identical to the coupe with all the same creature comforts one can expect.
Lets mention the important stuff first. It will manage a decent 10l/100kms (combined urban and highway) while releasing 249g of CO2 per kilometer. Impressive but the performance is what really makes this car amazing. Gone are the days where the spider variants lost some of the driving experience. The 3.8 liter V8 twin turbo produces 600NM of torque and 562 horsepower. McLaren claims the car is as stiff as the coupe due to the Carbon Fibre Monocell II and all the extra bits to allow for a roofless experience only results in an extra 46 kilograms. The 570S spider will still match the coupe in acceleration with 0-100 occurring in a swift 3.2 seconds and 0-200 in 9.6 seconds.
Overseas they are set to start at around R260 000 above the price of a coupe which I believe is well worth it. McLaren’s have alway being bashed for not having enough drama but the sensation of topless driving is likely to make this car even more of a experience. Personally, I’d expect this to give the 488 and Huracan spiders a good run for their money in terms of ability and sales. The introduction of the spider only reinforces how successful and far McLaren has come since the MP4 and I look forward to seeing this car hopefully develop into a ‘LT’ version of some sort.